Man wanted in 2015 fatal Akron gas station shootout arrested

AKRON, Ohio - Akron police arrested a man Sunday night who was wanted in connection with a fatal 2015 gas station shooting. Romeo ThomasSummit County Jail  Romeo Thomas, 29, was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at a home on Brighton Drive in South Akron,...

Man wanted in 2015 fatal Akron gas station shootout arrested

AKRON, Ohio - Akron police arrested a man Sunday night who was wanted in connection with a fatal 2015 gas station shooting.

Romeo ThomasSummit County Jail 

Romeo Thomas, 29, was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at a home on Brighton Drive in South Akron, Akron police spokesman Lt. Rick Edwards said. Officers went to the house after a fight was reported.

Police could hear an argument in an upstairs apartment when they arrived at the house, Edwards said. When officers knocked on the door, a woman yelled for help.

Thomas was trying to escape from the house when police knocked down the door, Edwards said. He was taken into custody and was charged with aggravated menacing in Akron Municipal Court, records show.

He remains in Summit County Jail.

Before his Sunday arrest, a warrant was out for Thomas' arrest in connection with an Aug. 1, 2015 shootout outside a West Akron gas station. He is the accused driver of one of the cars involved in the shootout; passengers in the vehicles involved exchanged more than two dozen rounds of gunfire.

James C. Tyler, 27, was found dead in front of a nearby house. Thomas is charged with murder, felonious assault and abuse of a corpse in Tyler's death.

Thomas is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning, records show.

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